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Lake Monticello - 2007 Survey Report

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Prepared by Timothy J. Bister and Michael W. Brice
Inland Fisheries Division
District 3-A, Marshall, Texas

This is the authors' summary from a 24-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish populations in Lake Monticello were surveyed in 2007 using electrofishing and in 2008 using gill nets. Anglers were surveyed from December 2006 to February 2007 with an access creel. This report summarizes the results of the surveys and contains a management plan for the reservoir based on those findings.

Reservoir Description

Lake Monticello is a 2,000-acre impoundment constructed in 1972 on Smith and Blundell Creeks in the Big Cypress River Basin. Structural habitat is mainly inundated timber. Native aquatic plant abundance is limited and waterhyacinth is present in the reservoir. A substantial fish kill occurred during the summer 2006.

Management History

Important sport fish include channel catfish and largemouth bass. Channel catfish are managed with the statewide 12-inch minimum length limit. Largemouth bass are managed with a 14- to 24-inch slot length limit and 5-fish daily bag, of which only one fish can be greater than 24 inches. The largemouth bass population consists of a high proportion of pure Florida largemouth bass. TPWD and Texas Utilities are coordinating the management of waterhyacinth. No fish stocking has been conducted since the last survey report.

Fish Community

Management Strategies

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Performance Report as required by Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act Texas Federal Aid Project F-30-R-33 Statewide Freshwater Fisheries Monitoring and Management Program



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